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University of Canberra

Suburb , ACT ,Australia

Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Communication and Media - ARAR02

Explore the intricacies of design and discover how creativity, form and function can inspire and influence. Then combine this with the hands-on knowledge and experience required of journalists, marketing managers and other media and communications professionals around the world to forge an exciting creative career with tangible results with UC’s Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Communications and Media double degree.

As a student of design, your job is to create an experience that is functional, beautiful, intuitive and accessible. As a communications and media student your challenge is to examine creative ideologies, a range of platforms and target audiences and develop solutions to influence change. Together these two disciplines will give you the knowledge and skills to forge a creative career full of inspiration, problem-solving and great stories.

Taught in small, more personalised classes, the course offers an individually tailored learning environment that ensures each student receives the highest level of support and encouragement throughout their UC journey.

Combine a Bachelor of Design and a Bachelor of Communications and Media at UC and you will: 

  • identify the different stages of the ‘design for manufacture’ process
  • gain the knowledge and skills necessary to launch your own interaction design business or seek employment within global markets across all industries.
  • select appropriate methods, materials and processes for designing and prototyping products
  • employ innovative use of different visual and emerging media types across print, screen and packaging
  • develop effective design solutions for specific audiences and learn to apply advanced 2D and 3D digital design technologies
  • specialise in one of four professional communications areas: journalism, marketing communication, corporate and public communication and sports media
  • apply professional judgement and knowledge in adapting marketing communication theories, principles and methodologies across diverse social, cultural and organisational contexts
  • explore narratives that inform, persuade and generate change.

Campus Information

Canberra, Bruce

The University of Canberra is located in the suburb of Bruce in the Australian Capital Territory. Surrounded by Lake Ginnindera, the new suburb of Lawson, Radford college and residential housing, regular public buses can drop you right on campus. Open space, natural calm, tall trees and wildlife. Close to the city. Convenient to shopping. Great food, cool cafes, events and markets; a buzzing social hub with something for everyone. Student accommodation, an on-campus medical and counselling centre, the Australian Institute of Sport, Calvary Public Hospital, Belconnen Shopping Mall and a variety of restaurants are all within walking distance.


  • Feb
  • Aug

Application Processing Time in Days: 14

Application Process

More Information required
10 Days
Possible interview call from institution
10 Days
Provisional/ unconditional offer
20 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The career choices are virtually endless with UC’s Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Communications and Media. Graduates will be able to explore working in a wide range of creative and/or communications roles, such as:

  • industrial designer
  • urban planner
  • set designer
  • graphic designer
  • design consultant
  • digital manufacturing designer
  • creative copywriter
  • editor
  • advertising account manager
  • content developer
  • digital media specialist
  • social media manager
  • journalist
  • campaign manager
  • media or marketing analyst
  • producer
  • publisher.

PSW Opportunity

Major Cities

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates

Cities and major regional centres

  • Perth
  • Adelaide
  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast Canberra Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
  • Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong
  • Hobart

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an 
additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 3 years of PSW visa)

Regional centres and other regional areas

All other locations 
(list of cities)

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa 
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.

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